40."Thus it appears that we come for our parts with arguments of equity and right, whereas the proceedings of these other are nothing else but violence and rapine.And now we shall show you likewise that you cannot receive them in point of justice.
For although it be in the articles that the cities written with neither of the parties may come in to whether of them they please, yet it holds not for such as do so to the detriment of either, but only for those that, having revolted from neither part, want protection and bring not a war with them instead of peace to those (if they be wise) that receive them.
For you shall not only be auxiliaries unto these but to us, instead of confederates, enemies.For if you go with them, it follows they must defend themselves not without you.
You should do most uprightly to stand out of both our ways;and if not that, then to take our parts against the Corcyraeans (for between the Corinthians and you there are articles of peace, but with the Corcyraeans you never had so much as a truce) and not to constitute a new law of receiving one another's rebels.
For neither did we give our votes against you when the Samians revolted, though the rest of Peloponnesus was divided in opinion, but plainly alleged that it was reason that everyone should have liberty to proceed against their own revolting confederates.
And if you shall once receive and aid the doers of wrong, it will be seen that they will come over as fast from you to us;and you shall set up a law not so much against us as against yourselves.
The English works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. Thucydides. Thomas Hobbes. translator. London. Bohn. 1843.
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